Spain Catches Anti-Vaxx Fever and Resurrects Diphtheria

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Here’s an interesting fact about diphtheria: when it was still a common illness in 1970s Spain, it was known as “the strangling angel of children.” Here’s a less interesting one: nearly three decades after its eradication, it’s back.

This new case comes in the form of a six-year-old boy, whose parents are currently watching him “fight for his life” in a Barcelona intensive care unit. Since his diagnosis, eight other children he came in contact with have tested positive for the bacterium that causes the illness.

So why has a disease with a nickname that seems ripped straight from Game of Thrones back in a nation as developed as Spain? Simple, because his parents did not have him vaccinated against it—a decision his parents understandably have come to profoundly regret. Admittedly swayed by the anti-vaccination movement in the U.S., the couple is reportedly “destroyed” and feels “cheated” by the anti-vaxxers.

Read more at Daily Beast

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